catching occys

 I started occy fishing a couple of months ago. Not done it before. I have 5 of the square commercial black weighted pots on a 20m length of rope that is weighted each end. In 5 pulls each 2 weeks, I have only got 1 occy. I am in 4m of water in Warnbro in brocken weed/sand. Any hints on improving the catch rate would be appreciated.

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Tue, 2020-10-27 17:49

 Hi Mack1, I've never really tried the pots, but have had good success snorkelling. Maybe try to find some reef or even rocky ground or other structure like old moorings or similar, rather than just weed & sand? There's loads off Palm Beach in old moorings, or if you want to know what to look for, have a quick swim inside Bird Island near Point Peron - but remember you can't use a spear there. Look for a "garden" of collected shells - usually heaps of mussel & crab shells.

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Doing nothing

Tue, 2020-10-27 19:19

Wrong . Wrong time of year that’s all.

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 Thanks guys. When is a

Tue, 2020-10-27 19:41

 Thanks guys. When is a better time of year? And is my location suitable Johnny or should I seek a better location. I think my pots are mainly on weed out long point way.


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Nothing wrong with location

Tue, 2020-10-27 19:54

Occy will be small ( occasional big one) in the wrong cycle . Once whites run out deep you will do better.

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Try late January and

Tue, 2020-10-27 20:14

Try late January and onwards..

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 Put your gear in cockburn

Thu, 2020-11-26 17:49

 Put your gear in cockburn sound, where you find crabs. Crabs are free game in Warnbro and get hit.